Edwardsville, Ill. (PRWEB) April 17, 2013
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville hosts the seventh annual Greater St. Louis Botball Tournament on Saturday, April 20 in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. A record 36 teams are registered for the competition that begins at 10 a.m.
Gary Mayer, Ph.D., an assistant professor of computer science in the SIUE School of Engineering, is one of the event organizers and is encouraged by the record participation.
Botball puts the focus on the student as the students devise the solutions and implement them through the building of robots and programming robots behaviors, Mayer said. Getting young people engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities such as the botball program is important because it helps develop critical thinking skills that can be applied to any career field.
The theme of this years tournament is the Mars Sample Return (MSR) Mission. The students are building autonomous robots that will travel around a game board with four goals: